I love to buy fruits and vegetables at Farmer’s Markets. I think the food is fresher, tastes better and I can pick up new varieties not found in supermarkets. Last week I scored what I thought was a gorgeous head of sparkling fresh spinach. It was 15″ inches across, weighed about 3 pounds and was only $3. What a buy! But when I got home and nibbled on a leaf, I discovered it was bok choy not spinach. Bok choy is a popular form of chinese cabbage that is used in soups, stir fried combo’s and as side vegetable dish. But from a nutitional stand point, how does it compare to the nutrient packed spinach?
This past winter my nails became very soft and started to peel and break. They were so fragile that there was nothing to file. I started to take biotin and within a few weeks my nails did a big turn around. They became hard and strong and I no longer looked like I bit my nails down to the nub. ( Not a confident look). It wasn’t that I wanted to sport a set of talons, but the fingertips would become painful as the weak nails tore off below the tip.
I stopped taking biotin out of sheer laziness and all was fine until last month when I saw the tell tales signs appear again.First the tip of the nail would start to flake off. Then they became so soft and … Continue Reading… →
The NHANES diet study/health study is the gift that keeps on giving. This large, long term study found that, in addition to the link between aging skin and vitamin C and linoleic acid, women with low protein intake had an increase in aging and wrinkled skin.
The RDA for protein for adults is about 50grams a day– an amount easily met with a large broiled chicken breast. Inadequate protein levels are pretty rare in the US and Europe and at first it was hard to see how this low protein issues applied to me ( Given that I practically live on broiled chicken breasts). But then I spent the weekend with a vegan friend and by Sunday night I realized that these types of restrictive diets can be very low in protein. Here’s what Trudy ate:
Breakfast: Cream of wheat cereal, 1 glass orange juice